Liturgical Ministries

The Liturgy Committee is made up of representatives from the liturgical ministries, i.e., extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, lectors, ushers, music, art and environment, as well as anyone from the parish who wishes to attend. The committee concerns itself with preparing liturgies, as well as keeping current on change within the liturgical realm. Anyone involved in any of the liturgical ministries or simply interested in helping is invited. The whole committee meets quarterly, with work groups meeting as needed throughout the year.

Children's Liturgy of the Word is celebrated at the 10 AM Mass for children ages 4-8. They leave the congregation after the opening prayer with their ministers to hear the Word of God at an age-appropriate level. They return at the presentation of the Gifts. This is a two-fold ministry that helps the children appreciate God's Word and allows parents freedom from distraction during Liturgy of the Word. New volunteers are trained by pairing with experienced ministers.

Lectors share the scripture readings, intercessions, and announcements at parish liturgies. It is important for lectors to understand the scripture readings and convey them clearly to the congregation. Required workshops are held two to three times a year to train people who are interested in serving in this ministry. There is also a Lector Workbook available, which helps lectors to better understand the readings and how to deliver them appropriately. Lectors are expected to participate in some formation activity that demonstrates interest in and commitment to the church and her teachings. Lectors choose the Mass or Masses they prefer to serve at, and their frequency of service depends upon which Mass they choose: 8 AM and 10 AM lectors read once in a couple of months; Noon and 5:30 PM lectors read a couple of times in a month.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are trained at workshops before being commissioned. Each EMHC is assigned to a particular Mass for a month, several times a year. This is a very fulfilling ministry and a wonderful way to feel closely connected to the Liturgy. Ministers are especially needed for the 5:30 PM and Noon Masses. Trained EMHC's are also needed to deliver communion to the homebound, the hospitalized, and those in nursing homes.

The Altar Server Ministry is open to all boys and girls grades 4 and up who are members of St. Aloysius Parish and who have received the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Servers are assigned duty at each Mass time and also holy days and other occasions. Server sign-up occurs in September for a one-year commitment. All new servers attend a training session prior to their first assignment.

Altar Linens for use at Mass and throughout the church are washed and ironed by volunteers from the parish. Each person signs up for at least one two-week block of time during the year. Training is provided.

Greeters welcome individuals before Mass. You may be a greeter as a family, an individual youth who has been confirmed, an individual adult or couple. If you are interested in being a greeter please contact the parish office.

Ushers provide a welcoming environment at Mass, take up the collection, and see that the offertory gifts are brought to the altar. They direct the flow of traffic during communion and assist with unexpected situations that might arise during Mass. When the Mass is over, they hand out the bulletins and assist in preparing the worship space for the next liturgy. This ministry is open to all men, women and young adults.